Grand Reveil Events

GRA : New Orleans - October 7th & 8 th        

Friday, October 7th   3:30 pm – 6:30 pm  FREE (Business Casual)

3:30pm Registration

4:00pm Welcome by New Orleans Mayor, Mitch Landrieu

 Opening Ceremony with Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and Special Guests

 Reception, Gallier Hall, 545 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA


Saturday, October 8th - Discover and Visit the New Orleans Area

  • Louisiana Swamp Tour – airboat tour of swamplands
  • New Orleans City Tour – French Quarter, St. Charles Avenue
  • Plantations along the Mississippi River
  • Self-guided walking tour of the French Quarter
  • IMAX at Riverwalk
  • Historical Cemetery Tour
  • Voodoo Spiritual Tour
  • New Orleans Cocktail Tour
  • Horse and Buggy Tour of the French Quarter
  • New Orleans Museum of Art and Sculpture Garden
  • Self-guided New Orleans Trolley tour on the oldest operating trolley cars in the United States
  • Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World – see how Mardi Gras floats are created

Special group rates are being arranged by Grayline tours and independent tour operators.  Optional tours may be arranged.


GRA : Houma - October 9th & 10th      

Sunday, October 9th

11:00am          Unveiling and Blessing of the Acadian Deportation Cross Monument in downtown Houma near the Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum, 7910 Park Avenue, Houma, LA (985) 580-7200

1:00pm            Gathering of the Acadians Presentation, Keynote presentation by Stephen White, Genealogist, Moncton University, New Brunswick, Canada and Tim Hebert, Author and Creator of Acadian-Cajun Genealogy and History Website  on The Acadian-Cajun People and Their Role in Terrebonne Parish History

Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center, 346 Civic Center Boulevard, Houma, LA (985) 850-4657

·         ALL DAY  “Voice of the Wetlands Festival” at Southdown Plantation, ADMISSION FREE, 1209 Museum Drive, Houma, LA (Infophone 800.688.2732 or


Monday, October 10th – Discover Houma region / Tours

·         Coastal Restoration Project: Grass Planting (Register at  - Registration - Click on Grass Planting. 

·         Visit LUMCON and climb the tower for a spectacular view of our coastal marshes

·         Discover the beauty of our wetlands on a swamp tour by boat, car or plane

·         Take a scenic bayou drive along our many bayous

·         Visit Wildlife Gardens or a real working alligator farm

·         Taste genuine Cajun cooking at one of our many local restaurants

·         Take a self-guided Walking Tour of our Historic Downtown District and visit the Waterlife Museum and Folklife Culture Center

·         Visit the Chauvin Sculpture Garden named one of the top three best examples of folk art in the United States

·         Take a charter fishing trip in the “Saltwater Fishing Capital”

·         Hike the nature trail at the Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge

·         Hear Cajun music at one of our local restaurants

·         Stay overnight at one of our French-speaking Bed and Breakfast locations


Monday, October 10TH -  Discover how to Dig In to Lafourche Parish

Register for FREE events online at   Cut-Off Day to register is Monday, October 3, 2011

Or, contact Julie Barrilleaux;; (985) 493-6673

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.   The lives of the Acadians and others whose travels brought them to Louisiana’s bayous are featured at the Jean Lafitte Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center in Thibodaux where visitors will begin their day with complimentary breakfast, provided by two of the area’s finest Bed and Breakfast’s, Dansereau House and Naquin’s B&B, and enjoy live authentic Cajun music by Lafourche Parish Clerk of Court Vernon Rodrigue and friends.

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. The group will take turns enjoying the fun activities Lafourche Parish has to offer with half of the group participating in one activity from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and then switching buses to enjoy the another activity from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Group #1-Marge Barker, President of the Lafourche Parish Heritage Society, will give a 20- minute presentation on the history of Lafourche Parish in the Center’s auditorium and from there, guests can explore the museum’s exhibits, artifacts, videos and films showcasing every aspect of Cajun culture including recreational and religious items, clothing, religion, cuisine, and fishing. Guests will also be able to view a display from the Traditional Boat Building Center which does research into wooden boat building throughout South Louisiana. 

Group #2 – Guests will take a guided walking tour to view many of the historical sites in downtown Thibodaux.  Visitors will visit St. Joseph Co-Cathedral Church which features architectural designs common to churches in Paris and Rome. The Rose Window in the rear of the church is actually modeled after the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris! St. John's Episcopal Church is the oldest Episcopal Church west of the Mississippi River, and Bishop Leonidas Polk, fighting bishop of the Confederacy, is buried in its adjoining historic cemetery. The historic Courthouse of Lafourche Parish was built in 1858, and is the second oldest courthouse in Louisiana.

11:45 a.m.                   Visitors will soon learn that no one can explain why we eat the way we do here in south Louisiana like Chef John Folse can! Guests will gather at the John Folse Culinary Institute’s restaurant “The Bistro”, located in the Carmel Inn, to enjoy a complimentary authentic Cajun meal prepared by the Institute’s students while listening to his presentation of "The Evolution of Cajun / Creole Cuisine" taught by Chef John Folse, himself, who is the foremost scholar on Cajun and Creole culture and cuisine. Chef Folse grew up in a family of sugarcane farmers and great cooks, learning at a young age to utilize ingredients from the swamp floor pantry of south Louisiana’s Bayou Country.


GRA : Lake Charles – October 11th & 12th  

Tuesday, October 11th - All events take place at the Lake Charles Civic Center,  900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA  800.456.7952

10:00am-5:00pm:        Genealogy Library display opens, Buccaneer Room.

11:00am-1:15pm:        Welcome by Dignitaries, Exhibition Hall / Light Lunch

12:00pm-1:30pm:        Papillion & Terrance Simien’s Creole for Kidz on stage, Rosa Hart Theatre

2:15pm-4:00pm:          Genealogy Seminar/workshop in Buccaneer South Room.  Keynote Speaker –Stephen White, Genealogist, Moncton University, New Brunswick, Canada

1:15 pm-2:15pm:         Learn to Speak French, Buccaneer Room

1:15pm-2:15pm:          Cultural Coffee Corner French Exchange, Buccaneer Room

4:00pm-10:00pm:        Booths Open – Art Vendors; Local Restaurants, Cash Bar Opens

4:00pm-5:30pm:          Lesa Cormier / Cajun French Music Association, dancing demonstration

5:00pm-6:00pm:          French Wine Tasting   (Ticketed event – limited registration), Contraband Room 

5:00pm-7:00pm:          Boudin Wars - taste and cast ballots for your favorite boudin shop

5:30pm:                         Tourism Representative provides Boudin Wars details; Introduction of French Immersion Students

5:30pm                          French Immersion Students Perform

6:00pm-7:30pm:          Chris Miller & Bayou Roots Band

7:30pm:                         Announce the Boudin Wars Awards

8:00pm-10:00pm:       Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience (Grammy Winning Artist)

(Off site)                        The Southwest Louisiana Genealogical & Historical Library, 411 Pujo Street, Lake Charles, LA (337) 721-7116, will remain open after hours from 5pm-8 pm for those interested in researching their family histories.


Wednesday, October 12th

6:30pm:                       Evening showing of 1986 film, “Belizaire the Cajun.”  Filmmaker, Glen Pitre will introduce the film.  Re-release producer, Michelle Benoit will host a question and answer session after the showing. Central School Theater, 809 Kirby St., Lake Charles, LA. (337) 436-9588.


Wednesday, October 12th – Discover Lake Charles region / Tours


  • Hit the Boudin Trail-The Southwest Louisiana Boudin Trail winds throughout Calcasieu Parish and parts of Cameron Parish.  The trail has a brochure that plots out places to try boudin as well as attractions along the way.  Visitors might want to drive part of the trail or stop in and pick up Southwest Louisiana’s favorite finger food – BOUDIN!
  • Visit area parks- Sam Houston Jones State Park is a gorgeous place to explore nature, with hiking trails, picnic areas and majestic scenery
  • GPS activated hand held video tour of the Creole Nature Trail-The CPS handheld video tour device is available for check-out free of charge at the Lake Charles / Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau, 1205 North Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA (337) 436-9863.  The knowledgeable staff at the bureau can provide visitors with French and English versions of the tour to take with them as they explore Louisiana’s outback. 
  • Visit the Mardi Gras Museum-The Mardi Gras Museum in Lake Charles houses the largest display of Mardi Gras costumes anywhere in the world.  There are themes dedicated to various aspects of Mardi Gras from king cake to costume making to chicken runs and Mardi Gras royalty. 
  • Visit Local Art Galleries-The Imperial Calcasieu Museum is the treasure trove of history in Lake Charles / Southwest Louisiana.  Furniture, jewelry fashion and documents, it is a peek into the lives of the founders of Lake Charles and the heyday of the lumber barons. 
  • Carriage rides through downtown Lake Charles (private bookings)-Local carriage companies will offer visitors a ride through downtown Lake Charles, along the lakefront and through the Charpentier Historic District to see the Victorian Mansions.  There is also a detailed brochure on the historic district that guides visitors through the area, telling stories along the way.


GRA  :  Wednesday, October 12th – Lafayette

5:00pm:           French Rosary at the historic St. John’s Cathedral, 914 St. John Street, Lafayette


GRA :  Lafayette  – October 13th - 16th 


Thursday, October 13thFête de FAMILLE [Free Admission but ticketed luncheon, $20] Chef Gilbert and Nova Scotian Guest Chef Alain Bossé serve a tantalizing Cajun buffet.

Ballrooms A & B, Cajundome Convention Center, 444 Cajundome Boulevard, Lafayette, LA  (337) 265-2100

8:30am:           Registration / Meet & Greet / Coffee and Pastry in Café Bienvenue (foyer area).

9:30am:           Opening ceremony moderated by Kirby Jambon, French Immersion Instructor and Louisiana Poet;  Welcome by Gerald Breaux, Executive Director of the Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission;  Lafayette City-Parish President, Joey Durel; Consul General of Canada, Paula Caldwell St-Onge; National Anthem by Auriel Campbell; Special Guest: Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne; Announcements; Introductions; Marc-André LeBlanc, Représentant Jeunesse of Société Nationale de l'Acadie to present Young Acadian Award, La Médaille Camille Antoine Richard.

Causeries (Cultural Discussions) listed below will all be held in Ballrooms A & B: Acadians converse about similar topics of interest to each area (scholars to facilitate) 

10:00am:         Acadian Heritage & Culture - Our Future?  Keynote Speaker, Georges Arsenault, Historian, Author and Folklorist.  Response by Valerie Broussard Boston, Directrice de Programmation Jeunesse and Steven Ortego, Home Designer & Cultural Advocate  

11:30am:         Buffet Luncheon (Ticketed Event, $20)

12:00pm:         Genealogy and The Acadian Identity: Finding our Ancestors.  Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Stephen White, Genealogist, Moncton University, New Brunswick, Canada. [One on one session available in the afternoon, sign-up at Registration Table]  Response by Dr. William Arceneaux, Tulane/LSU Professor. 

1:15pm:           Environmental Issues - Seafood Industry and Oil Spill / Coastal Erosion and Restoration,  Thomas Michot, Ph.D., Institute for Coastal Ecology & Engineering, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

2:00-4:00pm:   (Cajun Room, 2nd Floor) Lecture and book signing by Dr. William Arceneaux, Tulane/LSU author of No Spark of Malice: The Murder of Martin Begnaud / French edition: Meurtre en Louisiane : L’Affaire des Frères Blanc.  This was nominated for the Pulitzer Price Non-Fiction Category Letters/Drama.  (Books will be available for purchase - $25)

2:15pm:           French Language – The Louisiana French Language: The Battle Continues.  Keynote Speaker:  Amanda Lafleur,  Instructor and Coordinator of Cajun Studies, LSU Department of French Studies & Eileen M. Angelini, Ph.D, Department of Modern Languages, Canisius College (NY).  Response by Joseph Dunn, Director of CODOFIL.

3:30pm:           Musique des deux Acadies avec Les Frères Michot:  lyrics, old ballads with musicians / Music conversations: Similarities and differences with special blend of Acadian and Cajun Music ending with a jam session to include all participants.

Convention Center Foyer Area:

·         Lucius A. Fontenot Photography Exhibit

·         Cajun/Acadian Music Jam Sessions


Additional Acadian art exhibits held off site Georgette Bourgeois, artist in Residence at Grand-Pré National Historic Site in Nova Scotia showing at the ULL A. Hays Town Building, 710 E. St. Mary Blvd., Lafayette, LA  (ADMISSION FREE-For additional information, contact (337) 394-2258).- Elemore Morgan and Students Exhibit at the ULL Art Museum, 710 E. St. Mary Boulevard, Lafayette, LA (337) 482-2ART (ADMISSION CHARGED) - Cajun and Creole Music Collection (CCMC) – Exhibit: The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Edith Garland Dupré Library showcases the Cajun and Creole Music Collection (CCMC) with the exhibit, “Working in Rhythm: Building the Foundation of the Cajun and Creole Music Collection”.  The exhibit, which features recordings, photographs, costume accessories and other music-related materials, presents the history, development, collaborative efforts and future plans for the collection. The “Working in Rhythm” exhibit will be in place from October 7 through November 7, 2011 at Dupré Library in the 1st floor grand hallway. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Call 482-6025 for library hours.





Ballroom A: Table top displays with information on Genealogy, Acadian family name products, Artists: music, crafts, Cajun & Acadian products, books, family photos, family groups, etc.  

2nd Floor Convention Center: Cajun Film Festival

2nd Floor Convention Center:  Children’s Storytelling (French and English-all invited) by New Brunswick author Diane Leger and Louisiana author Sheila Hébert-Collins

Other GRA Events in the area: 

7:00pm:           L’Ordre du Bon Temps Banquet – Re-enactment of the first social eating club in North America.  (Limited Seating/Ticketed Event)  Contact Acadian Memorial at (337) 394-2258 for details.

7:00pm:           Fiddlers on the Bayou will be hosted by Vermilionville, 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette, LA.  Fiddlers on the Bayou will feature David Greely, formerly of the Mamou Playboys, Mitch Reed of Beausoleil, Anya Burgess playing Southern Old Time fiddle, Carmen D’Entremont, formerly of Lafayette from Nova Scotia, Curry Perkins, three times Louisiana Champion of Contest Style Fiddling, and Chris Segura of Feufollet.  The fiddle is fundamental to South Louisiana where cultures from the world over have sung, played and danced together for centuries.  There will also be presentations on how to create and preserve a healthy watershed and other environmental issues.  Tickets and information are available by calling 1-800-99BAYOU. 

7:00pm:           Canadian/Louisiana Music Concert at the Strand!  Strand Theatre Main Street Jennings, LA.  Concert features Hert LeBlanc and his band from New Brunswick, Canada and Louisiana groups: Les Amies Louisianaises, Chris Miller and Bayou Roots with Bruce Daigrepont.  This concert is being brought in part by BP and the Jeff Davis Parish Tourist Commission.  Tickets are $10 and are available by calling 800.264.5521.


Friday, October 14th - Discover Acadiana

8:00am:           “Beignets and Coffee” gathering at the Musée de Maurice, 218 Chief H. Fred Avenue, Maurice, Louisiana.  The art of making beignets demonstrated to visitors.  Coffee and beignets offered with live Cajun music and conversation for all.  Contact Debbie at (337) 984-2888.   (Complimentary)

 Vermilion Parish has arranged a host of activities during Grand Réveil Acadien.  Start off your morning in Maurice with “Bienvenue avec Beignets” – gratuit!  From a photograph exhibit, “Unique Beauty” in Gueydan to exhibits in Abbeville on “Coastal Cowboys” and “At the Movies”, Vermilion Parish is sure to please.  Not a fan of exhibits?  Then come on down to the square and enjoy music in downtown Abbeville, part of their free live concert series.  Jam sessions, farmers’ market, cattle festival, Vermilion Parish offers all that is Cajun!  Check out our website at to see the full schedule under the “Stay Awhile” tab.  Discover Acadiana and discover what’s Cajun!

5:00pm:           Opening of Festivals Acadiens et Créoles, concert at Girard Park, FREE ADMISSION


Friday, October 14th – Discover Acadiana

  • Stop by the Lafayette Visitors Center at 1400 N.W. Evangeline Thruway for help in planning an itinerary of things to do and see in the Lafayette area.
  • Visit Historical Villages, Vermilionville and Acadian Village, to get a glimpse of how the Acadians arriving from Acadie established their new lives in Louisiana
  • To learn the story of the Acadians and their deportation from Nova Scotia in the mid-1700's and their resettlement in Louisiana, visit the Jean Lafitte Acadian Cultural Center where you can view a film on the Deportation of the Acadians and their resettlement
  • Enjoy Swamp tours of the Atchafalaya Basin and Lake Martin
  • Immerse yourselves in the many museums in Lafayette - Lafayette Science Museum; University Art Museum; Acadiana Center for the Arts; Cité des Arts; Children's Museum of Acadiana; Alexandre Mouton House (Lafayette Museum)
  • In Downtown Lafayette see the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist; the almost 500 year old St. John Oak; and the Cathedral Cemetery where many important people are buried.
  • In Iberia Parish, Avery Island's Jungle Gardens and the Tabasco Factory and Country Store; Shadows on the Teche Plantation, Rip Van Winkle Gardens & the Jefferson House; the Konriko Rice Mill, the oldest working rice mill in the U.S. & The Bayou Teche Museum
  • In St. Martin Parish, enjoy St. Martinville's Acadian Memorial and Museum, the Evangeline Monument & Oak, St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church, the Mother Church of the Acadians, the African-American Museum, and Longfellow Evangeline State Historic Site.  In Breaux Bridge, enjoy an historic downtown, antique shopping, a Zydeco Breakfast, and Cajun music and dancing


Saturday, October 15th - Festivals Acadiens et Créoles, Girard Park, Lafayette, LA         

10:30am until  Music, Dancing, Cajun Cuisine, Arts & Crafts, Acadian History, Culture, Traditions – FREE ADMISSION

  • GRA Hospitality
  • Dancing Tent: Where Acadians and Cajuns come together to dance


St. Martinville Activities:

8:30am–11:00am:        Downtown St. Martinville, LA

  • Re-enactment of the Arrival of the Acadians on the Bayou Teche, renewal and reconnection with St. Martinville’s sister cities, and attractions
  • Blessing Ceremony at St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church, Church of the Acadians
  • Tours of historic Evangeline Oak Park and Longfellow State Park.  To book tours, call (337) 394-2258

Acadian art exhibit with Georgette Bourgeois sponsored by Acadian Memorial, Artist in Residence at Grand-Pré National Historic Site in Nova Scotia showing at the ULL A. Hays Town Building from September 30 through October 21, 2011, 710 E. St. Mary Blvd., Lafayette, LA  (ADMISSION FREE-For additional information, contact (337) 394-2258)


9:00am-10:00am:        Lafayette Genealogical Society will host Stephen White who will speak on genealogical methods of research at the Lafayette Parish Library, South Regional location, 6101 Johnston Street, Lafayette, LA.  Call 981-1028 for additional information.

1:00pm:                       Bête from Nova Scotia will perform at Vermilionville, 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette, LA

7:00pm:                       Fête de Jeunes, Vermilionville Historic Site, 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette, LA - Event open to the public; $8 entry fee; dining optional; reservations not required.  Youth event - non-traditional youth music.


Sunday, October 16th -Festivals Acadiens et Créoles- Girard Park –11:00am – 7:00pm– FREE ADMISSION

8:00am-9:30am:         Le Courir du Français 1k and 5k runs in support of francophone programs, Girard Park.  For more information, contact:


GRA Closing Ceremony and Mass at Festivals Acadiens et Créoles

10:00am:                          Outdoor French Catholic Mass, Salle de Danse, Girard Park

11:15am:                    Tintamarre Procession:  Scott Jumelage Tintamarre and Confrerie d’Abbeville Omelette Egg Parade


2:30pm:                      Grand Parade Procession (all traditions):  Both Processions will parade around the park, including youth program participants.  A demonstration of cultural traditions and community affirmation.  Encouraging all ages to participate in Courir du Mardi Gras, Tintamarre, Mi-Carême, La Guiannée and La Chandeleur.

12:00pm-12:45pm:    Abbeville Omelette in the Bayou Food Fest, featuring Louisiana Crawfish will be prepared at the Culture Sur la Table tent during Festivals Acadiens et Créoles.  The Confrerie d’Abbeville is delighted to offer a preview of their unique Omelette celebration for GRA.  The members will prepare a petite omelette in their four foot skillet.  Although only 1/9th the size of its main skillet used in the annual celebration, it is still quite impressive and tasty!


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Thanks to our sponsors

Louisiana Office of the

Lt. Governor

Louisiana Office of Tourism


Lafayette Consolidated Government


Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission

Acadian Ambulance Service, Inc.


Frank’s Casing Crew

Louisiana Center for Cultural & Eco-Tourism



Thank you to our partners: Société Nationale de l’Acadie and all its member organizations, CAFA, FAFA, Zachary Richard and Action Cadienne, CODOFIL, Festivals Acadiens et Créoles, Festival Acadien de Clare, Madawaska Acadian Festival, Festival en chanson de Petite Vallée, France-Louisiane-Franco-Américanie, Les Amitiés Acadiennes, Bretagne-­Louisiane-Acadie, Les Cousins Acadiens du Poitou, Canadian and Louisiana twinned cities, FrancoJeunes de Louisiane, Association Jeunesse à Lafayette and our many other partners in Canada and France.

Revised :  Sept 15, 2011